Pictures 7-19, The Good Shepherd, and 7-24, Christ and the Children (Gospel Art Picture Kit 216; 62467).
Suggested Lesson Development
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
You may use one or more of the following activities any time during the lesson or as a review, summary, or challenge.
Give each child a piece of string at least twelve inches long. Ask the children to lay their pieces of string vertically on a table or the floor in front of them and try to push the string away from them. Then ask the children to pull their pieces of string toward them. Relate this experiment to how shepherds lead their sheep (John 10:4). Explain that in Israel the shepherds lead their sheep by walking in front of them. In some other countries shepherds drive the sheep. Jesus, as our Good Shepherd, leads the way and asks us to follow him.
Divide the class into small groups. Have them think of ways Jesus has shown and continues to show his love for us (some ideas could be paying for Adam’s transgression, suffering for our sins, teaching us the gospel through the scriptures, being an example, helping us when we need help, and so on). Discuss how these things help us know that Jesus loves us.